Bridlington Town sit an impressive third in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division with no less than four games in hand on the leaders Yorkshire Amateur, who they trail by thirteen points. By any stretch of the imagination, it’s been a truly stellar start to his Management career for Seasiders gaffer, Brett Agnew, even though his side weren’t able to repeat their ten-goal harvest against Liversedge last week; no matter – they saw off Kully Sandhu’s Albion Sports 4-1 at the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Stadium yesterday – and Brett enjoyed the win a little more than he had the previous weekend, writes Colin Muncie.
Bridlington were just one in front at half time in front of a super crowd of 167 on Queensgate thanks to Joe McFadyen (28 minutes). Lamin Janneh levelled for the Lions after 54 minutes, but the goal only served to spur on the home side, and a double from Nathan Modest (66 and 76 minutes) was capped off by Chris Adams with a minute left to keep the three points on the East coast.
Brett acknowledged that it had been a struggle. “Another good team performance and lots of hard work to dig out the three points,” he told us. “I’m happier with today’s result than last week’s, as they are not proper NCEL games unless both teams are going at it for the full 90 mins. 10-0 only comes along once in a blue moon – but digging out a 4-1 win is more pleasing to see, especially when your players are shattered, full of flu, and still putting 100% in for you and their mates to block shots, put tackles in and get on the end of crosses. This group of lads is something special in my opinion. The effort they put in training and games and the turn out we get is testimony to those lads who want to play for me, Anthony (Bossley, Assistant Manager) and Bridlington Town.”
Brett is working hard to reinforce his playing options, helped by Seasiders Chair, Pete Smurthwaite who made some excellent observations on the Richard Scudamore pay-off fiasco. “We have added Jackson (Jowett, striker) to our squad,” he reported. “He brings even more quality; and hopefully we will add one other by next week, which will give us great strength and depth to our squad. Teams dropped points round about us again – which is good – but I expect that we will drop points somewhere along the way as well. That’s the excitement of the League this year – you can’t take your eye off the ball at any time.”
Brett signed off with words of appreciation for TBG editor, Craig Kendall, “Keep up the great coverage that you lads do, Craig.”
“It really does help the teams and players in the League get noticed.”